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August 31, 2017

WLTP and RDE tests for measuring emissions come into force in EU tomorrow

Two new tests for measuring emissions from cars and vans will come into force in the EU tomorrow. The new laboratory test, the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP), will introduce more realistic testing conditions for measuring pollutant and CO2 emissions than the previous, outdated lab test (NEDC). It thus provides a more accurate basis for measuring a vehicle’s fuel consumption and emissions.

The real driving emissions (RDE) test, which measures pollutant emissions on the road, also applies as of tomorrow, making Europe the only region in the world to implement such mandatory testing. Under RDE, a car will be driven on public roads over a wide range of conditions using portable measuring equipment (PEMS). RDE will complement WLTP to ensure that pollutant emission levels, measured during the laboratory test, are confirmed on the road.

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August 31, 2017 in Emissions, Europe, Regulations | Permalink | Comments (1)

Renault and Ferrovial launching new car-sharing service in Madrid with 500 ZOE EVs

Ferrovial Services and Renault have signed an agreement to implement Zity, a car sharing service in Madrid. The project will start up with an initial fleet of 500 ZOE electric vehicles located within the M-30 beltway and in some adjoining areas.

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nanoFlowcell planning entry into FIA Formula E with flow cell and 48V drive

Swiss R&D company nanoFlowcell Holdings (earlier post) is in discussions with Formula E Holdings on nanoFlowcell’s participation in the FIA Formula E Championship and intent to enter with a Formula E race car with nanoFlowcell 48VOLT flow-cell drive.

The nanoFlowcell is a compact flow battery operated with two ionic liquid electrolytes (bi-ION). At the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, nanoFlowcell introduced the QUANT 48V electric sports car with a new version of the company’s 48-volt low-voltage drive. nanoFlowcell said that a throttled and adapted drive system based on the type installed in the QUANT 48VOLT could be used to fulfill the Formula E criteria for the maximum battery and motor output.

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August 31, 2017 in 48V, Batteries, Electric (Battery), Motorsport | Permalink | Comments (3)

EY launches Tesseract, a blockchain-based mobility platform

EY launched Tesseract, an integrated mobility platform underpinned by blockchain technology. The platform facilitates fractional vehicle ownership, shared use and seamless multimodal transport and it will help lay the groundwork for how autonomous vehicle fleets could be owned in the future and provide access to a variety of on-demand mobility options.

EY’s Tesseract addresses core mobility issues such as how to share vehicle ownership with widespread shared-use and how a multitude of mobility options can be integrated. As participants on a single platform, multiple stakeholders such as OEMs, mobility and transport companies, and cities and infrastructure providers, among others, will have the opportunity to create new value and revenue streams.

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August 31, 2017 in Blockchain, Mobility services | Permalink | Comments (0)

Volkswagen’s “Air Care Climatronic” cleans the air; air quality sensor and active biogenic filter

Volkswagen has developed a special automatic climate control system—“Air Care Climatronic”—which keeps pollen, fungal spores and particulates out from entering the car.

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smart vision EQ fortwo autonomous electric concept for ride sharing; emodying all of CASE

smart has unveiled the smart vision EQ fortwo, embodying a new vision of urban mobility and individualized highly flexible, efficient local public transport: the autonomous concept vehicle picks up its passengers directly from their chosen location.

The smart vision EQ fortwo is also a car in which all of the individual fields of expertise that make up the CASE corporate strategy are combined, allowing users in the city intuitive access to individual mobility. CASE stands for the strategic pillars of connectivity (Connected), autonomous driving (Autonomous), flexible use (Shared & Services) and electric drive systems (Electric). (Earlier post.)

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August 31, 2017 in Autonomous driving, Connected vehicles, Electric (Battery), Ridesharing | Permalink | Comments (0)

Detroit Electric to outline future product plans at LCV 2017

>UK-based electric vehicle start-up Detroit Electric will outline its future product plans during its first appearance at Cenex’s Low Carbon Vehicles (LCV) 2017 event on 6 and 7 September at Millbrook. The brand will share its plans to launch a range of pure electric passenger vehicles in the coming years, a strategy that has been enabled following a recent injection of US$1.8 billion in capital from a joint venture agreement.

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WSU team develops van der Waals Schottky junctions with significantly enhanced thermoelectric properties

A team at Washington State University (WSU), with colleagues from the University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, has developed a multicomponent, multilayered In2Se3composite material van der Waals Schottky diode. Besides ideal diode behaviors and the gate-tunable current rectification, thermoelectric power is significantly enhanced in these junctions by more than three orders of magnitude compared with single-phase multilayer In2Se3, with the thermoelectric figure-of-merit approaching ∼1 at room temperature.

In a paper published in the ACS Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, the team led by Yi Gu, an associate professor in WSU’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, suggest that these significantly improved thermoelectric properties are not due to the 2D quantum confinement effects but instead are a consequence of the Schottky barrier at the junction interface, which leads to hot carrier transport and shifts the balance between thermally and field-driven currents. While still in an early stage of development, the new diode could eventually provide an extra source of power for everything from smartphones to automobiles.

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August 31, 2017 in Thermoelectrics | Permalink | Comments (0)

New ICCT study finds CO2, NOx emissions of Euro 6 diesel and gasoline cars under real-world settings exceeding limits

A new study commissioned by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) investigates the real-world emissions of four Euro 6 passenger cars—one gasoline and three diesel vehicles with different aftertreatment technologies—tested under variable conditions. The investigation was conducted by the Laboratory of Applied Thermodynamics, of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and its spin-off company, Emisia.

The investigation found that every tested vehicle exceeded its CO2 certification levels in a range varying from 21% to 37% under the laboratory type-approval test using real-word road-load settings. Two of the three diesel vehicles exceeded the NOx limit by 19% and 66% while tested under the laboratory type-approval test. Under RDE-compliant on-road trips, using PEMS emission measurements, NOx emissions from diesel vehicles showed average levels varying from 5 to 16 times the Euro 6 limit.

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August 31, 2017 in Diesel, Emissions, Engines | Permalink | Comments (1)

D3MAX signs contract for the design of its first commercial cellulosic ethanol plant

Last February, D3MAX, LLC announced the completion and shipment of its pilot plant employing the patented D3MAX cellulosic ethanol technology to Ace Ethanol, LLC, in Stanley, Wisconsin. Pilot testing of the patented D3MAX corn fiber-to-ethanol process has been successful, allowing D3MAX to move to the next stage of commercial deployment—the design of a full-scale D3MAX plant at Ace Ethanol.

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